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BlackBerry Venice slider could launch in November with QHD display, Snapdragon 808 chipset

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BlackBerry Venice slider could launch in November with QHD display, Snapdragon 808 chipset
The BlackBerry Venice is a slider that BlackBerry showed off during MWC. As we passed along to you the other day, Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin believes that this will be the Android flavored handset that is rumored to be coming from BlackBerry. Actually, the buzz around the water cooler suggests that BlackBerry will offer two versions of the slider, one packed with Android and the other using BB10.

According to a report published today, the BlackBerry Venice will feature a 5.4-inch screen with curved edges and a resolution of 1440 x 2560. A 64-bit Snapdragon 808 SoC will be under the hood, featuring a hexa-core 1.8GHz CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM will be inside, and there will be a rear and front-facing camera combo of 18MP/5MP.

The report adds that this stunning new 'Berry will be available by this November. Whether you're partial to Android or BlackBerry, the Venice looks like it has the chops to make some serious noise in the smartphone marketplace. One major question for BlackBerry. Can they get this device out in time to capitalize on holiday sales?


source: N4BB

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posted on 17 Jun 2015, 13:04 4

1. jellmoo (Posts: 1704; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I'm extremely excited to see how this pans out, and thrilled that they'll be keeping a BB 10 option. That being said, November is an absolutely terrible launch window...

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 13:09 1

2. Fallen1 (Posts: 285; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


I agree, BB needs to come out with a game changer this year. The passport was a good device but specs where a year behind. Sadly most consumers are spec w***es..

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 13:13 2

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The specs on the passport were good for what it was on. It's the design that needed work. If only it was all touch screen.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 13:19 1

6. jellmoo (Posts: 1704; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Spec wise, the Passport was pretty much on point with flagships when it launched. SD 801 + 3GB RAM was kind of the running standard when the device launched in September. It was only in October/November that handsets were launching with the SD 805.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 14:50 2

13. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


I doubt most consumers are spec w***es if that was the case, IPhone wouldn't be such a force in the U.S., I bet most consumers have no idea what chip set in on their phones.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 18:58 4

17. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1342; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


The Passport used an 801 processor and, while Android manufacturers were preparing to come out with 805s around the time of the Passport, it wasn't like they used a very old processor. The performance difference between an 801 and 805 was very little. In fact, when Tom's Hardware did a test, they found the 805 to benchmark just slightly above (i.e. about 100 points in Antutu) the 801.

Now, when it comes to this rumor I think they have it wrong. The reason I say that is because something is telling me that with their partnership with Samsung they would be stupid not to get the Exynos processor, especially considering their partnership would most likely mean a lower chipset price. Not that I would be upset if it used a Snapdragon 808, I just think they would be better off with the Exynos both in terms of performance and efficiency (Blackberry is always known for long battery life, so it would be smart for them to choose the most frugal CPU).

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 19:35 3

18. meanestgenius (Posts: 13104; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I agree. I think it will turn out that BlackBerry will use the Exynos chip instead.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 13:50 5

10. meanestgenius (Posts: 13104; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'm excited for this beauty as well! Can't wait to see what BB10 does on a 64 bit processor!

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 13:13 8

4. lakki369 (Posts: 110; Member since: 10 Apr 2015)


PA day by day becoming the most add populated site and now they are adding posts of other websites which are not safe and virus prone...!!!
Maybe its time to go back to GSMArena..!!!

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 13:30 3

8. warrenellis (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


finally somebody speaking out. the ads are getting more intrusive as well, if you are viewing on mobile.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 17:47 2

16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's worse if you're on an iPhone. The site is pretty much unusable.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 14:52 2

14. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


They have to make money somehow, the website is free to use so they need ads to pay for the site.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 20:43

22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They can still do it without using the most annoying and obtrusive ads.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 00:41 2

25. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


adblock FTW

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 13:15

5. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


My only concern is that this looks a little top-heavy. I know it's not traditional BB style, but I wish they'd do a side-slider too.

I hope someone in the States picks it up (and doesn't alter the design a la ATT and the Passport). I'd really like to try this out. I haven't played with a BB10 phone since the Z10.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 14:42

12. Planterz (Posts: 2103; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Yeah, 2 handed typing looks like it would be awkward. Still, an interesting concept.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 20:40 1

21. meanestgenius (Posts: 13104; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'm pretty sure AT&T will pick it up. Or T-Mobile, especially with their newfound "friendship" with BlackBerry.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 13:25

7. TezzaBP (Posts: 274; Member since: 18 May 2015)


It seems as though Blackberry are finally clawing their way back up in the world. I say to them, good look guys, let's see how you go

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 20:45 1

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Not really. They have a very small market share.

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 10:44 1

28. TezzaBP (Posts: 274; Member since: 18 May 2015)


True, but i'd really like to see them get their way back up

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 13:35 2

9. meanestgenius (Posts: 13104; Member since: 28 May 2014)


With BB10 on this beast I'm all over it! The Android version? I'll pass. But it's still a beast!

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 14:31

11. Loubielou (Posts: 515; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Blackberry are releasing this phone just before xmas a good idea,but its the Sliding Keyboard that might cause trouble if it pops out while inside a pocket

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 14:55 1

15. miket1737 (Posts: 3039; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


this kind of reminds me of palm pre plus that i had in the past that ran WebOS with its slider keyboard... it was actually dam awesome that phone and i loved webos and how it ran... if they can make this with thin bezels and have a good screen to body ratio , it will be dam good and alot of people will buy this device

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 20:19

19. Elijah29 (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Jun 2015)


Man, that white one is sexy as hell. I'm definitely getting it if it looks like this.

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 20:29

20. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


I think this device running Android would be really nice :D

posted on 17 Jun 2015, 21:13 1

24. Daevos (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Apr 2014)


Any possibility of a dual booting (BB10 + android) Venice?

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 10:19

26. gehrig (Posts: 301; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


This phone could ALMOST get me away from my iPhone. Good job, BB.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 10:41 1

27. isprobi (Posts: 685; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Android apps have too many ads and often there is no paid version without them. And if it is actually Google Android it will track everything you do unless you turn off certain features but then many apps will not work properly. I own a Nexus 6 and a Passport and I find that the Passport is better built and more productive for common tasks. So it is my daily use phone. I just pull out the Nexus 6 to apply all the updates once every few weeks.

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